Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account. Through participation, children learn self-expression, empowerment and ultimately greater self-esteem.  Children are a diverse group and therefore children of different ages, abilities, backgrounds, races, and both genders should ideally be included in a consultation process.

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Elin Hultman, Staffan Höjer, Monica Larsson - Child & Family Social Work,

The aim of this paper is to describe and analyse the notion of age and maturity in child protection proceedings in order to elucidate how these aspects could influence children's rights to participate.

World Vision,

This child-led research initiative was conducted under the umbrella of World Vision’s DEAR project (Development Education and Awareness Raising) and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. The study explores explore SDG 16.2, the goal that focuses on the issue of ‘abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against and torture of children’.

Sunggeun (Ethan) Park, Jenna Powers, Nathanael J. Okpych, Mark E. Courtney - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study uses a representative sample of foster youth to investigate youth-level and county-level predictors of youths’ roles in their transitional independent living plan (TILP) development and satisfaction with the care decision meetings.

Elisabetta Biffi & Chiara Carla Montà - Documentation in Institutional Contexts of Early Childhood,

This paper, by drawing on the different meanings held by documentation in ECEC contexts, in terms of viewing it as ‘equipped with agentic power’ (Alasuutari and Kelle 2015) reflects on the meanings of (pedagogical) documentation in alternative care settings, as a transitional space between ‘being spoken for’ and ‘speaking for oneself’, in light of a rights-based and pedagogical framework.

Madelaine Smales, Melissa Savaglio, Susan Webster, Helen Skouteris, Bengianni Pizzirani, Renee O'Donnell, Rachael Green - Children and Youth Services Review,

This systematic review aimed to explore if and how the voices of young people in out-of-home care (OoHC) are represented in research examining their health.

Philip Mendes, Jacqueline Z Wilson, Frank Golding - The British Journal of Social Work,

This article, an auto-ethnographic collaboration between a social work professional and two care leavers, aims to address the problems with records compiled by care workers, social workers and other relevant personnel by constructing a ‘virtual archive’ consisting of several hypothetical records compiled in the style typically employed by caseworkers, which are then critiqued by the care leavers.

Rebecca Jackson, Bernadine Brady, Cormac Forkan, Edel Tierney, Danielle Kennan - Children and Youth Services Review,

This paper from the Children and Youth Services Review reflects on the collective participation of young people in care in a rights-based initiative intended to facilitate input into service and policy development in Ireland.

Gerison Lansdown - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This paper examines the inter-relationship between the rights to protection and to participation that are embodied in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Hanita Kosher & Asher Ben-Arieh - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This article discusses the interaction between protection of maltreated children and their participation. Five aspects of child participation in the field of child maltreatment will be presented: children's participation in the definition of child maltreatment phenomena; children's participation in measuring the prevalence of child maltreatment; children's participation in clinical assessments; children's participation in in the decision-making process in child protection system; and children's participation in the efforts to prevent child maltreatment.

Amanda Keller, Melanie Doucet, Jennifer Dupuis, Jessica Dupuis, and Varda R. Mann-Feder - International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies,

This report describes the evolution of an independent youth-led organization for youth in and from care in Quebec, Canada